Richards seeks improvement

first_img CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF Kurt Roberts, who was a surprise winner in Shanghai, will get a chance to prove that this was no fluke with world champion Joe Kovacs and other heavyweights such as Tom Walsh and Reese Hoffa, who have both gone above 21m already this year as well as Ryan Whiting and Jordan Clarke, all guaranteeing a high-quality showdown and more than enough motivation for the Jamaican. Last year, Richards logged 20.06m and seventh place at this meet during a period where he only registered two throws that got to 21m in his first 10 meets. Still, besides his need to get back in top physical condition, there isn’t too much that the Jamaican should be worried about if last season is anything to go by, after five of his seven post-June throws landed beyond the 21m mark. EUGENE, Oregon: World championships bronze-medal winner and national record holder O’Dayne Richards will be looking for major improvement as he competes today in the men’s shot put at the two-day Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Richards is the only Jamaican in action on the opening day of what is expected to be an intriguing weekend of track and field in Eugene, with the women’s long jump and women’s discus events being the other two Diamond League events on the schedule for the day. The Jamaican will compete at 8:18 p.m. (10:18 p.m. Jamaica time). Richards, who twice threw 21.69m last season, including during the final at the World Championships in Beijing, China, was a shadow of himself during his season-opening series at the recent Shanghai Diamond League meet in China. The MVP star could only manage a 19.22m effort, which left him down the pile, but he will be hoping to get closer to the 21m mark as he continues to regain his strength and confidence following surgery a few weeks ago. Richards had a metal rod implanted in his shin bone through his knee after taking measures to correct a stress fracture in the shin. After his competition, the 27-year-old admitted that he was somewhat scared to push himself in the circle in Shanghai. He is aware that he has a lot of work to do if he is to get back to his best form in time for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It may still be too early to expect too much from the thrower, but he will certainly not be short on inspiration given the quality of the athletes gathered in Eugene for this event.last_img read more

Crime edges up in Simi Valley

first_img “We want to closely examine these statistics to make sure we are using our resources effectively,” said Captain Ron Nelson, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department. In Camarillo, violent crime decreased 7 percent, but the number of rapes per 1,000 population increased 196 percent, from five in 2004 to 15 in 2005. “Even though countywide violent crimes were down, we saw increases in crimes related to drug and alcohol rates among minors,” said Nelson. “In Camarillo, the increase in rapes was largely related to juveniles using drugs and alcohol.” “We saw some decreases in property crimes, which is good. Citizens deserve credit for working with local law enforcement to solve crimes in their neighborhoods,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Simi Valley and neighboring Thousand Oaks have traditionally had some of the lowest crime rates in the nation for cities with populations of more than 100,000 and officials said the crime rates here are remaining relatively low. The overall crime rate in Thousand Oaks, with a population of 126,000, decreased by 2 percent in 2005, to 15.55 crimes per 1,000 people, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols the area. Moorpark, a community of around 35,000 people with 11.31 crimes per 1,000 residents, had the lowest rate for the cities patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department. The crime rate in Simi Valley was not provided by the Police Department. Although the crime rate also decreased 9 percent in Camarillo, the Sheriff’s Department pointed to some disturbing numbers, including an increase in rapes there. SIMI VALLEY – The number of crimes reported in the city in 2005 increased 4.6 percent, to 2,509, compared with the year before, but violent crime was down, with no homicides reported. According to Simi Valley Police Department statistics, there were 17 rapes, 47 robberies and 108 aggravated assaults, adding up to 172 violent crimes, compared with 179 reported in 2004. In 2004 there were three homicides, 15 rapes, 33 robberies and 128 aggravated assaults. There were also 2,337 property crimes reported in 2005, representing a 5 percent increase over the year before. last_img read more